The painting, 'Lock down' is a close up of a lock from Italy. It is fairly large and I decided to use paper which has an irregular edge to it. I have shown the painting here at a variety of stages to give you an idea of the length of time and the amount of stages it must go through before it is complete.
I use watercolour by applying layers of pure colour one on top of the other, this is called optical mixing and hinges on the artists ability to predict the final result. It allows the painting to stay fresh even though there might be quite a few layers of colour down.
Since there are a number of layers of colour applied throughout the process, the painting goes through a number of colour stages to reach its final destination. This can be seen here in these examples when it goes from pale red to orange, then crimson to finally a rich warm red.
'Lock down', watercolour on paper, 76 x 56.5 cm (sight size)